A Virginia circuit judge has sentenced a convicted spammer to nine years in jail, the first custodial sentence to be issued to a bulk emailer in the United States. A jury was convinced that Jeremy Jaynes of North Carolina fell foul of a law only enacted two weeks ago.
The spammer, together with his sister (who was sentenced to a small fine) and an accomplice (who was acquitted) was indicted by a Loudon County Grand Jury in December 2003, and convicted late last year.
Jaynes was sending out at least 10 million emails a day using 16 broadband lines, grossing between $400,000 and $700,000 a month on expenses of around $50,000 - a handsome profit. Jaynes snared one punter for around every 30,000 emails sent.
Jaynes is free on bond until the appeal is decided. source